(June 2011) The Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) and the Montana Pilots Association (MPA) have joined efforts to build Russian Flat Airstrip, the first backcountry airstrip to open on United States Forest Service (USFS) land in more than 46 years. The 3,000-foot runway is located in a large, grassy meadow 69 miles southwest of Great Falls, Montana, in the Lewis and Clark National Forest and will be dedicated during an event, which is open to the public, at 10 a.m. on Aug. 6. RAF president John McKenna says the chief of the USFS, Tom Tidwell, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester and Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer are all scheduled to attend. McKenna also anticipates that U.S. Rep. Sam Graves of Missouri will be present. The dedication will be followed by a barbecue, Montana style, hosted by RAF and MPA.